Artist and illustrator Mark Oliver has taken the Victorian tradition of insect collecting and given it an artful twist in his “litterbugs’ by using disposed of objects from today’s urban world to create his own insects.
Mark Oliver Litterbugs
The results are three dimensional ‘bugs’, painstakingly crafted by hand of paper, metal and other items carefully sourced by the artist. His intention is to create art that fascinates from a distance and yet, upon closer inspection, reveals a sense of humor.
above: Mark Oliver at work on his Litterbugs
When multiple pieces are hung together, the illusory effect is fabulous. Like a wall of steampunk entomology exhibits.
The bugs have been exhibited internationally, and sold through various galleries across the UK, as well as through direct contact with the artist.
Litter Bug Assemblagé kits
Mark also sells 4 different kits of Litterbug assemblages which come flat-packed to be built by the consumer and hung on their own walls with pride.
The flat-packed assemblagé:
The final result:
The four flat-packed Litter Bug Assemblagé kits come ready to assemble with full instructions.
Please email Mark here for purchase details.
About the artist:
Mark is a well established, professional Illustrator. Using paint, computer and/or collage, he has illustrated for Advertising, Editorial, Design and Publishing. His list of picture books include: ‘Foley and Jem’ and ‘Robot Dog’, ‘Tom’s Clockwork Dragon’, ‘Monsters. An owner’s guide’ and ‘Aliens. An owner’s guide’. Awards include: Gold for the TfL/SAA ‘Open Spaces’ poster award. Runner Up in the 2003 Avensis prize for his book ‘Get in Gear’.Winner 2006 Stockport Children’s Book award for ‘Robot Dog’. ‘Monsters. An owner’s guide’ was long-listed for the Greenaway Medal and winner of the 2011 Stockport Children’s Book.
all images are courtesy of the artist